Actor Femi Branch in an Instagram live session has talked about how the Yoruba culture and tradition is gradually dying, sighting Bobrisky’s recent erring where he had asked the Oba of Benin to marry him which lead to the indigenes of the state getting annoyed and demanding apologies which he later gave.
Femi Branch says the crossdresser must have been seeing how the kings in Yoruba land behave nowadays and thought he could pull it off with the Oba of Benin.
He then asked a question, “Do you think if Bobrisky had made such a statement about a Yoruba oba, people would have talked?”
“A lot of people meet me and say, ‘I don’t really watch Nigerian movies but I watch your own movies’. With due apologies, that is one of the dumbest things people say. Is my own movie a Togolese one? That is one of the reasons I respect Benin culture.
Look at what happened recently. Bobrisky made a joke. But, there are some institutions you don’t joke with.
Bobrisky could say he is a Yoruba guy (or babe); however ‘she’ wants to be addressed. He must have been seeing how some Yoruba Obas have been behaving in recent times. That must have made him feel he could make such a comment about the revered Oba of Benin. It was when he made that statement he realized the Oba of Benin isn’t just any king.
Some people thought the reactions were a bit too much but Benin people don’t joke with their culture. And that is because the Oba of Benin does not ‘carry himself’ anyhow.
Our culture and tradition are dying by the minute and people don’t even seem to be concerned. There was an uproar by the indigenes of Benin because they don’t joke with their king and their king also doesn’t joke with their tradition. Do you think if Bobrisky had made such a statement about a Yoruba oba, people would have talked? Let us tell ourselves the truth. Is it normal to see our kings on Instagram frolicking with ‘commoners’?”